The New Year Begins with Creativation!

For those of us in the arts and crafts industry, the beginning of the New Year means that it’s time for Creativation (formerly CHA)! It’s the industry’s biggest trade show and I’m always amazed by the new products and techniques that are introduced at the show. Besides seeing what’s new, it’s sometimes the only time during the year to catch up with friends face to face and to develop new friendships!

As in years past, I will be attending the show and I’d like to share with you the classes that I’ll be teaching at the show…


Everyday Crafting with Imagine takes the ordinary and transforms them into extraordinary! In class you’ll learn the basics to working on fabric while creating your own personalized t-shirt with the extensive line of fabric inks from Tsukineko. You’ll also discover just how easy it is to work on non-porous surfaces like glass by coloring your own vase. Friday, January 20th 6pm-9pm


Rising Spirit Shrine Here’s your chance to take your mixed media art to the next level! In class you’ll learn how to transform fabric into a sculptural work of art to create the background of your shrine frame with the amazing line of products from Finnabair. You’ll then discover the endless possibilities of working with Sandra Evertson’s Relics and Artifacts line of resin pieces – and the chance to spend time with Sandra in person! Saturday, January 21st 1pm–4pm


Imagine Technique Transformation Who says that inks are just for rubber stamping?!? You’ll find new and innovative ways to use your rubber stamp inks for creating mixed media projects. We’ll start by coloring our mirror frame with the Delicata line of inks, then add some stamped designs and stenciling using Creative Medium. Next you’ll color your embellishments and learn how to make your own from paper clay and the best inks for creating dramatic results. Monday, January 23rd 10am–12pm

In case your Creativation schedule is already packed, be sure to stop by the Imagine booth where I’ll be doing demo’s and providing some sort of entertainment outside of my class times.


Before we get too far into the New Year, I wanted to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your support in 2016! Last year was transformational for me as an artist and an instructor and I had so many opportunities to travel around the world teaching and sharing my art with others. Above you’ll find my top Instagram posts for the year – and although I don’t quite blog as often I would like to (a New Year’s Resolution for me this year!), I find myself sharing more and more on Instagram. If you get a chance, you can find what I’m working on there by searching for ‘artnewwave’.

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  1. John, how awesome that 2016 was such a great year for you!, I know it sure didn’t hurt you creatively!!! I have a few of your pieces and love them as well as your classes. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and creativeness with us.

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